Wednesday, July 27, 2011

DIY Dress form

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My summer goal is to make clothes for myself.  
So far, most of my attempts have been wildly unsuccessful. 
So frustrating...

Anyway, I thought I dress form might help me in getting things to fit better without having to try things on repeatedly and try to measure myself in the process. 

Spending a few hundred dollars on a real one was out of the question.  
So I followed some instructions from Prudent Baby and gained a little inspiration from Law Student's Journey.

Here's what mine looks like along the way.
Of course I forgot to take pictures of me all taped up.
 I used an old pair of crutches turned upside down as the legs.  It's a little unsteady though.

Since I ran out of purple duct tape and had to use silver duct tape and then masking tape, I decided to use up some of my scraps.  I cut all the edges with my pinking shears, ironed them all (can you say tedious?) and grabbed my Mod Podge.

Mod Podging all those scraps on was definitely the fun part!

I used some yarn to mark where I would likely measure for the waist of a skirt. And I used the holes in the crutches to mark where the top of my knees are.

Unfortunately, the shoulders make it difficult to get things on and off of it and I'm pretty sure my hips are a little wider than my dress form indicated.

But I don't care!  It's pretty! So if I don't ever really use it, it's at least a nice reminder of some of the projects I've made.


  1. Love this...I've been thinking of making one for me as well. I know I would be up to making more clothes for me if I could just measure it on a dress form.

  2. Hi Amanda! Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog today! You have such a fun blog! I'm your newest follower.

  3. i have by wanting to try this but been too scard1 we'll see i may sooner or later

  4. It looks cute even if you don't use it and you used up some of yur scraps!

  5. This is great! Thinking outside the box!

  6. It turned out great! That will be so helpful, I can't wait to see what you come up with!


  7. This is amazing! I would never have thought to make my own! I love it!

  8. This is awesome! I can't believe how you did this and it look so cute. Better than all the boring grey dress forms. I'd love for you to link this up at my Feature Friday Link Party

  9. You did a great job! I remember seeing this idea in a book about refashioning t-shirts. I've been wanting to buy a dress form in my size but since I'm tall and pear-shaped they don't make them in my size.... that is, unless I could spend $1000 on a custom form, which I can't! So, I may end up making one myself pretty soon. Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Just wanted to let you know I will be featuring you tomorrow on Feature Friday Link up!

  11. That is so great and so creative!Love it!!

  12. I love how you used different fabrics. It totally gives personality to it. Thank you for sharing!


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